First introduced to Australia with the dancing robot ad that illustrated how ‘alive with technology’ the French car had become, the Citroen C4 has been given a fresh face and a few extra gadgets to give credence to this claim.
This update will see the new model boast two new petrol engines along with subtle changes to trim, equipment and colours keep the Citroen C4 fresh, especially in the wake of strong competition from the likes of Ford and Mazda.
The front end has been restyled to bring the C4 in line with the new look recently launched with the C5, featuring rounder, more curved bonnet features, a new grill design with integrated chevrons and a repositioned number plate holder.
The tail lights on the C4 Coupe are now finished in transparent crystal, chrome inserts are included on Exclusive versions and buyers now have the choice between three wheel styles as well as two new exterior colours.
Inside, the rev counter has been relocated to the translucent central display unit, a plush grain is now featured on the dashboard and doors and new decors have been designed to enhance the overall quality of the interior.
Citroën’s NaviDrive system has also been introduced as an option, which features a high-resolution seven-inch colour screen with Australia-wide satellite navigation, as well as an audio system with built-in 30GB hard drive.
The model range now includes two new petrol engines which have been co-developed with the BMW group – the 1.6-litre VTi boasting 88kW and the 1.6-litre THP with a choice of 103kW or 110kW.
Both engines offer increased performance while also recording significantly lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The C4 HDi EGS remains as the most frugal model in the range, using just 3.8 litres per 100km while the C4 Exclusive with an 110kW turbo engine boasts zero to 100km/h performance of 8.4 seconds.
The new Citroen C4 range starts with the C4 VTi manual at $26,990 and $28,990 for the automatic versions, while the same trim and equipment level with the 1.6 HDi diesel engine and the EGS six-speed, robotised manual is $31,990 and $30,990 with a manual gearbox.
With the Exclusive trim and equipment package, the Turbo 1.6-litre 103 kW petrol engine variant is $33,990 with an automatic gearbox as standard, while the 2.0 litre HDi Turbo Diesel and six-speed automatic C4 Exclusive is priced at $36,990.
The top performance version of the range is the 110 kW 1.6-litre Turbo with a manual gearbox at $31,990.